[R] Passing characters by .Call

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Tue Feb 3 17:02:55 CET 2004

On Tue, 3 Feb 2004, wolski wrote:

> Hi!
> I try to pass a character by the .Call interface to an c function. And to cast it into  a 
> char *ch;
> Is it possible to do it and how?

Yes. First make sure you have your "Writing R Extensions" handy. Next
decide whether you are going to use Rdefines.h or Rinternals.h. Then read
the chosen header file (in R/includes/). (Rdefines.h includes
Rinternals.h). For example line 255 in Rinternals.h gives

#define STRING_ELT(x,i)	((SEXP *) DATAPTR(x))[i]

I have used incantations like


where x is a character vector - be prepared to use Rprintf() to check that
your assignment works out. 

> Eryk
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Roger Bivand
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